Farfisa Syntorchestra

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    The Farfisa Syntorchestra is a combination of two preset synthesizers in one. A polyphonic section and a monophonic section. Both sections have presets that can be edited in real time but there are no user memories. The Syntorchestra produces unique sounds unlike most synths. Its been compared to the ARP Pro Soloist and the Moog Satellite in sound.

    Sounds are selected with selector tabs underneath the keyboard section. There is a limited amount of control for both synthesizers with sliders and buttons to the left of the keyboard section. There is an envelope with attack and decay, along with filter controls using the "Brilliance' sliders. There is also a Vibrato effect with a delay button which can delay the effect of the Vibrato as the sound develops. The middle section under the keyboard has a unique Portamento control that could be constant or temporary by way of pushing a lever.

    The far left of the keyboard there are selector tabs labelled "Cancel" for muting the Vibrato effect. There is filter control by turning on the tab labelled "Wha-Wha" and using a combination of the attack slider, decay switch, and decay slider it creates the familiar analog synth filter effect.

    The Syntorchestra offers two audio outputs that can be run in stereo or mono. Although the instrument did not output a true stereo signal the user could run separate outputs of each synth section to different amplifiers or channels.The instrument also included a volume pedal using its built in DIN socket. the Syntorchestra was offered in all metal or faux wood enclosures.
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Divide Down, Subtractive
    Oscillators: *
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Fader, Glide / Portamento, LFO
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay
    Filters: 1
    Types: Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: *
    Timbrality: 2
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
    Patches RAM: 1
    Patches ROM: 13
    +Vibrato with delay amount
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 37 keys, Metal, Wood
    Controls: Faders, Sliders, Switches, Pedal - Volume
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
    Audio Output Count: 2
    CV Ports: DIN
    Control Features: +Included DIN volume pedal
    Year Released: 1975
    Year Discontinued: 1978
    Used By
    Klaus Schulze
    Manuals & Documents
    Used Price: $1,150-$1,500 - convert
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